September 12, 2007

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Schools attempt to navigate stepped-up federal efforts to curb illegal immigration, protection of student privacy, and the safety of students during enforcement operations.
Long-established college associations and a nascent national organization are either building or planning five free, Web-based college-information platforms that may diminish the U.S. News lists’ influence among high school counselors, students, and parents.
The draft provisions also address programs such as teacher quality and professional development, Reading First, services for English-language learners, and impact aid.
Medicaid would no longer reimburse schools for the costs of transporting eligible children from home to school and back.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
School staff members at all levels need more training on privacy laws affecting students, suggests a new report.
Four research centers are working on classifying learning disabilities and improving understanding of interventions for children with reading problems.
The finer details of the arrangement—which schools would be selected, and how much say Mayor Villaraigosa and his education team will have over critical matters such as the schools’ budgets, hiring, and curriculum—are still being hammered out.
The majority of states don’t require substitutes to have more than a high school diploma.
Arthur E. Wise, who heads the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, plans to retire next June.
Health Update
The nation’s schools need principals who know instruction, and that focus is helping to shape more coherent professional programs to select and train the next generation of school leaders.
When Arthur Levine wrote a scathing report on the preparation of American school leaders, the one institution he singled out as a “promising model” wasn’t even in the United States. It was England’s National College for School Leadership. .
Since 2000, New Leaders for New Schools has recruited and trained more than 300 principals and placed them at the helms of troubled schools in cities across the nation. But the nonprofit organization aspires to much more.
Greeneville City and Kingsport district officials entered into a collaborative partnership to help East Tennessee State revamp its educational leadership program.
State Journal
After months of heated debate, outcry, and backlash, the first step in Maine’s sweeping school consolidation plan is done.
States move forward on efforts to certify early-childhood programs according to how well graduates perform in kindergarten.
Federal File
The Secretary says she is ‘deeply troubled’ by sections that might soften accountability.
The draft of changes to the No Child Left Behind Act features potential incentives for states to test students in core subjects other than those now required—mathematics, reading, and science.
Michael J. Salmonowicz writes about the impact the program’s alumni are having outside of education.
Peter Sacks offers a class-based approach to addressing educational inequalities.
Teachers should stop encouraging students to revise their work for better grades, Gary Mielo writes.
Alfred A. Lindseth writes about why the courts have cooled to school-finance lawsuits.

Leading for Learning

The preparation of principals is changing to focus less on training managers and more on creating leaders who can raise student achievement.

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